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Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Irvine, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Irvine neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Irvine are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Irvine is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Irvine for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Shady Canyon looks to be the best Irvine neighborhood to live in.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Irvine that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Irvine.
Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Irvine
Turtle Rock is a neighborhood in the south part of Irvine, Orange County, California near Concordia University, Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. It is bounded to the north by University Drive and Mason Regional Park, to the east by the Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Ridgeline Drive, to the south by Shady Canyon Drive, and to the west by Culver Drive. Turtle Rock is one of the five "villages" originally forming Irvine; its 1967 founding is commemorated by a sculpture of a turtle in Turtle Rock Community Park, at the corner of Turtle Rock and Sunnyhill Drives. A two-lane internal loop road, Turtle Rock Drive, encircles the village and carries traffic between housing developments and the city's main streets.
Woodbridge is a large suburban housing development, begun in 1975 by The Irvine Company, in the central region of Irvine, California. It covers roughly four square miles and has two large artificial lakes at its center. It contains five elementary schools, two middle schools, and Woodbridge High School. The Interstate 405 forms its southern boundary. Most of the developments were completed by the mid-1990s. In 2013 development began on the first new housing tract in 15 years, consisting of 48 new homes called The Branches.
Northwood is a community encompassing the northern portions of the city of Irvine, in Orange County, California. It covers the area enclosed by the Santa Ana Freeway, Culver Drive, Portola Parkway and Jeffrey Road.
How We Determined The Best Irvine, CA Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Irvine, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 24 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Irvine." We're lookin' at you, Shady Canyon.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Irvine, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Irvine
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Irvine where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Irvine aren't all good. Great Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Irvine.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Irvine For 2020
|7||Lower Peters Canyon||22,899|
|12||El Camino Real||16,122|
|15||El Toro Marine Air Station||629|
|16||University Town Center||6,715|
|17||East Industrial Complex||1,581|
|20||Irvine Health And Science Complex||6,367|
|21||Rancho San Joaquin||4,212|
|22||San Joaquin Marsh||1,298|